HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR  


(Salary Range is - $101,067 - $161,720 DOQ/E; + Excellent Benefits!)


Manatee County, located just south of and bordering Tampa Bay and stretching south along Florida’s spectacular Gulf Coast, is seeking an experienced, visionary and strategic Human Resources Director.  This county of 394,000 residents living within 743 square miles has so much more to offer than just beautiful beaches.  As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, Manatee County is comprised of six municipalities, including Bradenton, the County Seat.  Residents have access to world-class health care, recreation, and exceptional educational opportunities at all levels. Because of outstanding infrastructure and assets such as the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Amtrak Rail Service, a network of federal and state highways, including I-75, the County is blessed with a strong business base and is flourishing with new development and redevelopment opportunities. 


Manatee County is governed by a seven-member Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and appoints the County Administrator, who oversees 1,800 employees and 12 departments. These departments offer a wide array of public services from road maintenance and water utilities to social services, public safety and economic development, all funded by a $1.2 billion budget.


The Human Resources Director reports directly to the County Administrator and is an “at-will” employee serving at the pleasure of the organization’s chief administrative officer.  As a department director, this position advises both the County Administrator and the County’s Executive Leadership Team regarding all HR related initiatives, policies and programs, and will act as an internal consultant to assist departments and divisions by assessing policies, programs and providing solutions for a broad range of personnel related activities. The position oversees and makes recommendations for any changes to the Personnel Manual, as well as interpreting the County’s personnel policies. The HR Director also serves as the County’s chief negotiator and administrator for all labor agreements, and when necessary, plays a critical role in assisting the County during emergency management operations activated because of extreme or inclement weather, or because of other emergencies. The Human Resources Director has seven (7) direct reports, and oversees the divisions of Workforce Planning and Compensation, Employment Services, Training and Development, and Health Benefits Administration.  The department operates with 18 FT employees and an annual budget of $59M (including a self-funded health insurance program).   


To be considered for this position applicants must possess a Bachelors’ degree in human resource management, business or public administration, or a closely related field; a Masters’ degree in a related field is desired.  A minimum of at least six (6) years of progressive experience in a public or private human resources agency, including in a management or supervisory capacity in one or more of the functional areas of human resource management is required.  Experience in the administration of health insurance benefits and compensation is highly desired.  Qualified candidates must demonstrate knowledge and experience working with HRIS, and modern principles and practices of human resource administration including classification and compensation, benefits administration, disability management, staffing and workforce planning, employee training and development, managing organizational change, leadership development and statistical concepts and methods. Experience working with labor agreements and employee groups is also desired.


The ideal candidate will be a team player that possesses exceptional communication, listening and presentation skills. The County is seeking a collaborative leader who is innovative and entrepreneurial in their approach to HR and organizational development. Those individuals with a focus on customer service and that are adept at problem solving and working with others in partnership to address issues will have an advantage. Serious candidates should possess the ability to adapt to and accept change at a rapid pace while being respectful of Manatee County’s organizational history and culture. 


A valid driver’s license is required, and a Florida driver’s license must be acquired within 30 days of hire.  Certification with the Society of Human Resource Management or a comparable organization is desired. The starting salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with a range of $101,067 - $161,720.  Relocation is negotiable.  Manatee County also offers a robust benefit program, including a defined benefit retirement plan, generous time off benefits, and award-winning health and wellness programs. 


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at: This position is open until filled; however, prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by Monday, June 17, 2019.  For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or 816.868.7042.  For more information, about Manatee County, please visit their website at


Manatee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  For more information, please visit at


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